8 Secret Ways to Save at Walmart

8 Secret Ways to Save at Walmart
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Despite how you feel about Walmart, the retail titan often offers prices that can’t be beat. But that doesn’t mean you should stop clipping coupons or looking for an even better deal before you make a purchase at Walmart.

Walmart is well-known for its generous price-matching policy. But here are seven more sneaky ways you can save yourself some green during your next Walmart shopping trip – on top of the retailer’s “always low” prices:

Get cash back on every online purchase + a free $10 Walmart gift card

If you’re not using a cash-back site, you’re wasting money every time you shop online.

For example, in less than 15 seconds you can register with Ebates. They offer cash back at more than 1,800 online stores, including Walmart. While rebates tend to be low at Walmart, typically 1 percent, rebates at other online stores can be as high as 40 percent. You’ll get your cash quarterly as long as it’s at least $5.

There’s no “gotcha.” Stores pay Ebates a commission for sending you their way, and Ebates shares the commission with you as cash back. Here’s what to do:

  1. Click this link, which will take you to the Ebates sign-up page. Join with Facebook, or simply fill in your email address. That’s it: You don’t have to provide bank or credit card info and the process takes less time than it took to read this sentence.
  2. Choose your bonus: You can get either a $10 Ebates cash bonus, or a $10 Walmart gift card.
  3. Spend at least $25 through Ebates within 90 days of becoming a member. (Hint: Sign up their daily double email to learn which stores are offering double cash back.)

That’s it! Free money for signing up. Free money every time you shop online, not just at Walmart but pretty much everywhere else, too.

Use Paribus to make sure you got the best deal

Paribus is a nifty little tool that can get you money back at Walmart and 17 other stores, including Amazon.

Say you buy a blender online from Walmart for $30. Five days later, it goes on sale for $20. Like many retailers, Walmart offers a price guarantee for the first week after a purchase. If the price drops, you’re entitled to a refund, in this case, $10. The problem? You stopped looking at blender prices the instant you bought yours. Opportunity wasted.

Enter Paribus. What it does is continually scan your emails for receipts. When it finds one, it instantly starts looking for price drops. When it discovers one, it emails the retailer and has the money refunded to whatever method of payment you used. It’s all automatic; you do nothing. The first refund is free. After that, Paribus earns a 25 percent commission. So in our example, you’d get a $7.50 refund, Paribus would keep $2.50.

Pretty cool, huh? The only drawback to Paribus is that it requires access to both your email account and credit cards. While that may sound scary, they have top-notch security and thousands of happy users. If you do a lot of shopping online, you need to check it out.

Use the Savings Catcher app

Walmart’s Savings Catcher app is a great tool. You scan your receipt and the app automatically checks the prices offered at competitive stores. If Savings Catcher finds a lower price elsewhere on an item, Walmart will issue you a refund for the difference on a gift card.

Take advantage of overage deals

Although most stores only value a coupon for the product’s price point, Walmart offers “overage” for your coupons. For example, if you have a coupon good for $1 off and the item you’re purchasing is 88 cents, Walmart will give you the difference — in this case, 12 cents – in cash or apply it towards the remainder of your purchase.

Check the clearance area

You can snag some great deals on items ranging from electronics to bath mats if you check Walmart’s end caps and clearance aisles, whose locations vary by store. The clearance aisle at the Walmart near our home is in the back of the store, close to the home and garden section.

Apply for Walmart’s credit card

The day you sign up for Walmart’s store credit card, you can save 10 percent off a purchase of up to $250. You also get 3 percent back on Walmart.com purchases and 2 percent off gas at Walmart fuel stations and Murphy USA gas stations.

Free shipping

Love shopping online but hate paying shipping? Me too. Fortunately, you can get free shipping on darn near anything at Walmart.com — regardless of the purchase amount — if you select free “site to store” as your shipping option.

$4 prescriptions

The retail giant offers a long list of prescription medications for just $4 a month. You can also snag a three-month supply of any of these drugs for a discounted price of $10.

Don’t assume everything’s a deal

Not everything is cheaper at Walmart. Check out “Don’t Buy These 9 Items at Walmart.”

Save yourself even more money by checking out which “19 Retailers Will Price Match Walmart’s Prices.”

Do you shop at Walmart? Share your money-saving tips below or on our Facebook page.

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